Eating Styles: Fork Technique Edition Sam November 15, 2010 Eating Styles 5 Comments Every serious food eater knows that to get the best bite possible out of a stir fry (or any other eclectic dish, such as a salad), you need to apportion the ingredients on your fork carefully. Nobody wants a bite that is all bland mushroom, or all slimy noodles, or all greasy pork. Only an artistic blending of these sub-par ingredients will yield a bite that makes you feel like you didnâ€™t just waste $7 on â€œChineseâ€ takeout. Especially if the delivery guy was late (Okay, so he wasnâ€™t late. But how were you supposed to know he was actually at the door for the last ten minutes? He knocks so softly!). In constructing this comprehensive bite, some people choose to stab each ingredient with their fork individually. These â€œstabbersâ€ slide each different-flavored morsel precisely where they want it on the tines, resulting in the most aesthetically-pleasing sample possible. However, some â€œshovelersâ€ prefer to slide their fork underneath the whole pile and cram whatever comes up with it into their mouths. Although it sacrifices some precision, the shotgun technique offers bigger mouthfuls and accomplishes what, for many, is the main goal: moving the most food from the plate into you at the fastest rate possible. What do you think, So Good readers? Do you strategically apportion your bites or take the indulgent, stuff-your-face approach? When it comes to stir fry fork technique, are you a stabber or a shoveler? ***Note to pretentious chopsticks users: you donâ€™t count. Unless, of course, you use your chopsticks to stab and/or shovel. Then feel free to vote away. [poll id=”122″] The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Sam My name is Sam and all I care about is food. Latest posts by Sam (see all) Quick Bite: French Toast Crunch - March 8, 2014 Eating Styles: Would You Eat Horse Meat? - November 18, 2013 Deep Fried Everything Ep 153 - November 14, 2013 5 Responses Confucius Jackson November 15th, 2010 Nice technique, except for the Golden Gophers T-shirt! Reply Jim Reed November 16th, 2010 I always catch my self laughing on the inside when I assess the situation of where I am easting, who I am with, and what the occasion is for the meal all before I decide how to use my fork. Reply bruleeblog November 18th, 2010 I was all ready to be offended that you didn’t give chopsticks as an option until I saw your last note. Most chopstick eating *is* shoveling. How do you think people eat rice otherwise? Reply Sam November 18th, 2010 Bruleeblog – Please excuse my ignorance – up until my freshman year of college, my sole points of reference Asian eating culture were the book “How My Parents Learned To Eat” and Disney’s Mulan. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.